Over half of students in Japan positive about taking lectures online

National Apr 7, 2020

Over half of students in Japan positive about taking lectures online

As many institutions delay the start of classes amid the coronavirus epidemic, a majority of university and postgraduate students in Japan are willing to participate in interactive online lectures, a recent survey showed. But while 59.2 percent were positive about online classes, 21.0 percent said ...

Japan keen to accelerate remote education amid virus spread

National Apr 6, 2020

Japan keen to accelerate remote education amid virus spread

The government plans to accelerate the introduction of remote education using the internet, drawing lessons from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, while local governments are reluctant about the initiative. At a meeting of the central government's Council on Investments for the Future on Friday, Prime Minister ...

Extended telework and school closures in Japan worry firms and parents

Business Apr 3, 2020

Extended telework and school closures in Japan worry firms and parents

Businesses are facing difficulty due to prolonged teleworking periods amid the spreading coronavirus outbreak, with such periods expected to continue longer due partly to an extended school shutdown in Tokyo. Meanwhile, parents are worried that extended school closures may deprive students of their right to ...

Tokyo to keep city-run schools closed through May 6

National Apr 1, 2020

Tokyo to keep city-run schools closed through May 6

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will keep city-operated schools closed through May 6 and ask wards and other cities in the metropolis to follow suit, a day after coronavirus infections in the capital hit a daily record of 78. The metropolitan government had previously said it ...

South Korea to open schools online and reschedule college exam

Asia Pacific Mar 31, 2020

South Korea to open schools online and reschedule college exam

South Korea said on Tuesday it will open school classes online next week and reschedule its annual college entrance exams slated for November as concerns persist over the coronavirus and small outbreaks continue to emerge. The country has postponed the beginning of all schools' new ...

The way of the toddler: <em>Sōranbushi</em> and sumo

Issues | LEARNING CURVE Mar 23, 2020

The way of the toddler: Sōranbushi and sumo

by William Lang

April is approaching and with it comes the start of the new school year. Ordinarily, this would be a time for ceremonies replete with tears and smartphone-captured sentimentality. In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, however, even such small-scale public gatherings are less visible. One ...